Ellison, Jesse, Newsweek
Byline: Jesse Ellison
Florence Welch is everyone else's muse, but she's just trying to be herself.
Florence Welch, the beloved Brit singing sensation, is having a blockbuster fall. Her new album, Ceremonials, lands Nov. 1. Her tour wardrobe was designed by Gucci, a remarkable endorsement for a celebrated fashion house. And befitting the moment, she found herself staggering down to her hotel lobby one recent morning, viciously hung over from a late show in New York the night before. "I decided to have one vodka martini," she explained. "And then that turned into 17."
Welch's band, Florence and the Machine, rocketed to fame on the strength of Lungs, its 2009 release, featuring the catchy single "Dog Days Are Over." After an invasion of cookie-cutter pop stars, Welch swept in with remarkable force. Onstage, she appears larger than life, though she is, she says, "only 5 foot 9 in heels."
Now 25, she became an instant darling of the fashion set, which fell in love with her auburn hair, porcelain skin, and timeless style. She inspired Gucci's latest line, with creative director Frida Giannini calling her "a strong and somewhat mysterious muse. …